The worst months for acqua alta, or flood tides in Venice, are October, November, and December. This winter, however, the waters have kept coming: Yesterday afternoon and early this morning, the city had two acqua alta events that fell into the "very high tide" range of 110 centimeters or more above the official baseline.
As we write this, the post-midnight waters are expected to crest at 125 cm, a level that will leave many streets, campi, and building entrances underwater. (When we were out with our dog Maggie in the 11 p.m. hour, the few tourists and Friday-night drinkers in the streets were splashing around with garbage bags over their trousers or braving the waters in their athletic shoes.)
Cheryl took the photos below during the afternoon of Friday, February 19, when the waters were beginning to recede after reaching a peak of about 110 cm.
The low-lying fondamenta in this picture is one of the first to flood and the last to drain during acqua alta. (The man in the photo is probably a Venetian, since he's wearing the traditional green rubber boots.)
On the Zattere, next to the Giudecca Canal and its ship channel, wind and tide provided a little wave action for acqua alta surfers.